The Ohio State Patrol is investigating a solo vehicle crash in Springfield on Saturday night, January 2nd, that left four people injured. The investigators said they responded at the crash site on Columbus Avenue near Ogden Road a little after 9:30 p.m.
The crash report revealed four people traveled on Columbus in a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. The car then went off the roadway to the left, struck a mailbox, utility pole, two trees, and overturned.
The collision ejected two of the Silverado's occupants and left the other two trapped. The highway patrol said none of the occupants wore a seatbelt when the crash happened. Three of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries, and the fourth was injured critically.
The investigators identified the Silverado driver as the critical victim. Medics conveyed the four victims to Springfield Regional Medical Center for emergency treatment. Medical personnel later transferred them to Miami Valley Hospital.
The highway patrol has not identified the accident's primary cause, but they are looking at road rage as a possible factor. They also believe that excessive speed and alcohol might have contributed to the solo vehicle crash in Springfield. There is no additional information at this time.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one of the common causes of traffic collisions. Consumption of an intoxicating substance affects a motorist's cognitive ability and concentration, which causes reckless driving.
In Ohio, drivers must keep their blood alcohol level below .08%, and failure to do this amounts to a criminal offense. If arrested, charged, and convicted of a DUI, the at-fault driver faces imprisonment or a fine.
The driver will also have their driving privileges suspended. If involved in a DUI-induced accident, it is best to contact an Ohio car accident lawyer for help.